Emily Jacir is a Palestinian artist and filmmaker. Born in Bethlehem in 1972, Jacir spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, attending high school in Italy. She attended and graduated with an art degree from the Memphis College of Art. She divides her time between Rome, Italy and Ramallah.

Jacir works in a variety of media including film, photography, installation, performance, video, writing and sound. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East since 1994, holding solo exhibitions in places including New York, Los Angeles, Ramallah, Beirut, London and Linz.

Active in the building of Ramallah’s art scene since 1999, Jacir has also worked with various organizations including the Qattan Foundation, al-Ma’mal Foundation and the Sakakini Cultural Center. She has been involved in creating numerous projects and events such as Birzeit’s Virtual Art Gallery. She also founded and curated the first International Video Festival in Ramallah in 2002. She curated a selection of shorts; Palestinian Revolution Cinema (1968 – 1982) which went on tour in 2007. Between 2000 – 2002 she curated several Arab Film programs in NYC with Alwan for the Arts including the first Palestinian Film Festival in 2002. She works as a full-time professor at the vanguard International Academy of Art Palestine since it opened its doors in 2006 and she also served on its Academic Board from 2006 through 2012. Jacir led the first year of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program in Beirut (2011-2012) and created the curriculum and programming after serving on the founding year of the Curricular Committee from 2010-2011.


Emily Jacir
Emily Jacir
Ryadh, 1970
Saudi Arabia

Past Exhibitions

Emily Jacir: Via Crucis

Chiesa di San Raffaele 09/04/2018 — 15/04/2018

Emily Jacir: Europa

Whitechapel Gallery
30/09/2015 — 03/01/2016

A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things

Delfina Foundation
02/07/2015 — 15/08/2015

Too Early Too Late

22/01/2015 — 12/04/2015

Solo Shows


Emily Jacir: Europa, Whitechapel Gallery, London


A star is as far as the eye can see and as near as my eye is to me, Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan
intervals, Alexander and Bonin, New York


Selections from “ex libris”, Galleria Alberto Peola, Turin


stazione, Galleria Alberto Peola, Turin
affiliations, Beirut Art Center, Beirut

Group Shows


Nero su Bianco, American Academy, Roma, curated by Robert Storr, Lyle Ashton Harris and Peter Benson Miller
Too early, too late. Middle East and Modernity, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, curated by Marco Scotini


Re – Framing History, Galerie Lelong, New York
Ravaged: Art and Culture in Times of Conflict, Museum Leuven, Leuven, Belgium


Double Indemnity, Cornerhouse & Library Theatre Company, Manchester
More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s, The Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, USA
Emergency Pavilion: Rebuilding Utopia, 55° Biennale di Venezia. Evento collaterale, Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Venice
Everyday Matters, Foundation Faurschou, Copenhagen
Altered, Stitched, and Gathered, MoMA PS1, New York


When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
Arab Express: The Latest Art from the Arab World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York


A document, Alexander and Bonin, New York
The Workers, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA
Margins: walking between worlds, University of Essex, UK
The Walls That Divide Us, Apexart, New York
Inshallah: The Future of a Promise, Evento collaterale 54° Biennale, Magazzini del sale, Venice, curated by Lina Lazaar
Sharjah Biennial 10, UAE


The Last Newspaper, The New Museum, New York
There is always a cup of sea to sail in, 29th Bienal, Sao Paolo

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Ryadh Country of birth: Saudi Arabia Date of birth: 1970 Lives in: Ramallah, Palestinian Territories